This week I’m focusing on sharing some Taste Safe Sensory Play Ideas! While these ideas are geared towards babies and mouthing toddlers, I promise your older toddlers will LOVE these too. First up, FIVE activities with Chia Seeds. .
What is Taste Safe Sensory Play?
I often found myself asking this question when Quinn was a baby. I wanted to try sensory play, but feared how much he still put in his mouth before 12 months old. It was honestly a matter of going back to the basics which consisted of water and food. Taste safe sensory play is using items that are OK if a mouthing toddler or baby attempts to explore them with their mouths. Sensory play should always be closely supervised and taste safe play should not be mistaken with edible play.
It’s important to introduce the concept when beginning sensory pay that this is for play, not to eat. A great tip is to eat before sensory play. We often play after breakfast, lunch, and snack time.
Q is now 29 months and water is still a daily go to. Frozen play is a great way to switch up the daily water routine.
How To Make Chia Slime – Perfect for Taste Safe Sensory Play
This is one of the easiest things to make!
- Add 1/4 cup chia seeds to 2 cups of water
- Optional to add some food coloring to the water, I think it makes for more fun !
- Mix well, cover, and place in fridge overnight
In the morning it’s all slimey and ready to be played with! I typically repeat the recipe X4 for the below slime play ideas.
Idea 1: Easter Chia Slime
Mix up a few different colors. I chose yellow, teal, pink, and purple. First I poured in the yellow slime and then I spooned the colors around the tray. Babies love contrasting colors like this, and toddlers do too!
I like to set out some simple materials with the taste safe sensory play.
Here I tossed out some plastic easter eggs, bowls, and scoops. I invited Q to come blend the colors together to see what colors we could make and make his own “easter soup”. You can make this in a smaller amount and set out on a baking sheet on the kitchen floor with your baby to explore with fingers and toes. Chia slime is MESSY and oh so fun!
Idea 2: Frozen Chia Seed Dinosaur Eggs
In the morning we made easter soup, and then we we froze the soup into egg form for some afternoon play. Video here on how I made them!
Materials to make your frozen dinosaur eggs:
- chia slime
- plastic easter eggs
- egg carton
The egg carton works to stabilize the eggs so the liquid doesn’t pour out before they freeze.
These eggs are perfect for taste safe sensory play.
They’re slimey and slippery and look so fun! Quinn was so excited to play with these. You can place them on a shallow baking sheet or in a shallow baby pool for your younger ones to explore with hands and feet!
Idea 3: Chia Brain – SUPER Creep Taste Safe Sensory Play
This is a potentially creepy one for Halloween, or well any day! You can find any mold and freeze chia slime into it. This is a great way to reuse the slime. We all know how much I love to reuse everything!
Touching a slimey frozen brain is great for taste safe sensory play!
My toddler LOVED this activity so much. For older toddlers you can melt the brain together, toss in some twizzlers. For babies you can set on a shallow baking sheet to touch and explore together. Check out the post here!
Idea 4: Chia Slime Sunset – A Dreamy Taste Safe Sensory Play Idea
This was one of our favorite activities from the summer. Q and I explore the colors of the sunset by mixing chia slime and playing outdoors with it. As I said, this chia slime is MESSY – so take it outside!
This is a great reminder that taste safe sensory play can be as simple as this, chia slime in a baking tray with a spoon.
It’s easy to over complicate sensory play. This is a material that’s fun enough you don’t need to toss more at it then placing it in a pan and setting out with a spoon.
Idea 5: Taste Safe Sensory Play – Frozen Chia Building Blocks
Here’s another way to reuse chia slime Toddlers will love trying to stack them up and having them be slippery and fall back down. Great for find motor skills. Check out the post here!
There are endless ways to play with chia slime. It’s one of our favorite taste safe sensory play materials.
I hope this post is leaving you inspired to try some easy and really fun chia seed play!